Disney Dream Enters Service January 26, 2011

After the 130,000-ton Disney Dream completed its 16-day Transatlantic crossing, it sailed into Port Canaveral just before dawn to the sounds of fireworks and cheers. The event took place on January 4, 2011. On January 26, 2011, the ship departed from Port Canaveral on its maiden voyage to the Bahamas. The 4,000-passenger ship will offer 3-, 4-, and 5-night cruises to the Bahamas. Ports of call include Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) and Nassau.

About Disney Dream

According to the Disney Cruise Line website:

The Disney Dream is approximately 40% larger than the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder. The total number of beds on the Disney Dream is 5007—over 1,900 more than the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder. The Disney Dream is 2 decks taller than sister ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.

Disney Dream has youth clubs, dining options from gourmet to casual fare, 3-D movies and deck parties, three pools, and “The District,” the ship’s adults-only entertainment area with 5 distinct lounges and nightclubs. The ship also features a world-class spa and fitness center.

Prices for Disney Dream Cruises

Prices for Disney Dream Cruises to the Bahamas vary greatly by season, type of accommodations, and length of cruise. A Disney Dream Cruise during high season can cost as much as $1,574 per person or as low as $999 per person. Room accommodations include inside staterooms, oceanview staterooms, stateroom with verandah, and concierge with veranda. Concierge with verandah are the most expensive rooms on the ship and the inside staterooms are the least expensive.

To save money, you can check Disney’s “Special Offers” section online or review cruise package offerings. You can also try booking through a discount booking search engine such as :

Kayak.com
Expedia.com
Orbitz.com
Travelocity.com
CheapTickets.com
VacationsToGo.com
Cruise411.com
Cruise.com

For other tips on how to same money on Disney Dream cruises, the following information may be helpful.

Booking in Advance or Last Minute

Cruise lines will prefer advanced booking, so they typically offer deals such as special incentives, credits, and cash back just for booking in advance. However, last minute cruise deals are plentiful as well. If a cruise isn’t booked several weeks or so before the cruise departure date, cruise lines usually drop prices by as much as 75 percent.

Other Ways to Save

Other ways to save include booking off-season, booking with a group, taking advantage of package deals, booking online, and booking with popular cruise lines. Some of the world’s most popular cruise lines include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, SilverSea Cruises, and Windstar Cruises.

If you want to book off-season, you’ll find the most cruise vacation deals in year round destinations. For example, slow or shoulder seasons for say Alaska, may differ from the Mexican Riviera. Here is a list of destinations and their slow seasons: Alaska, May and September; Bermuda, April-May and September-October; Canada/New England, July-August; the Caribbean, late April-May, September-early January; Hawaii, late August, late November, and February; Mexican Riviera, early January and May, October-November; Eastern and Western Mediterranean, March-April and September-November. Expect plenty of perks during these times as well.

Besides cruise deals for groups and families, just about every cruise line features special rates for seniors. To lock in special senior rates you can’t book online. You must call a cruise travel specialist or book directly with the cruise line. Keep in mind that a senior is typically defined as a person who is 55 or older and proof of age is required.

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